Dr. Khalilah L. Brown-Dean is an award-winning scholar, educator and author. Her scholarship centers the importance of identity in shaping access to democracy with a particular emphasis on voting rights, civic engagement and punishment. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from The Ohio State University (2003) and a Bachelor of Arts in Government from The University of Virginia (1998). She is Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and Professor of Political Science at Quinnipiac University. In 2021 she was recognized as a Spotlight Recipient by the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame.
Brown-Dean is a highly sought-after political analyst and commentator whose work appears in over 400 major media outlets. She hosts the radio show and podcast, Disrupted, for Connecticut Public Radio and is featured in the documentaries, “The Color of Justice” and “Extinction.” Diverse Magazine named her one of the 25 Most Influential Women in Higher Education. You can learn more about her work at kbdphd.com.
Terri began her career at Quinnipiac within Student Affairs and served for over a decade as a clinical therapist in the Health and Wellness Center. As a part-time faculty member, she has instructed campus-based classes as well as numerous faculty-led sections with a strong emphasis on environmental sustainability and service learning to Costa Rica, the Ecuadorian Amazon, and the Galapagos Islands. Her move to academic affairs was in the role of director of academic affairs, which encompassed working closely with the provost to plan and implement major initiatives and oversee diverse administrative duties for the division. Her portfolio has included serving as the Title IX deputy for faculty before serving as the University Title IX coordinator, serving on the Senate Policies Committee, chairing the Sabbatical Leave Committee, overseeing the Review, Promotion and Tenure process, serving on the commencement committee, and overseeing the academic catalog and its transition to an online resource.
In her current role as Associate VP of Student Personal and Professional Development, she oversees the Office of Career Development and Experiential Learning, and focuses on bolstering university-wide collaboration with the goal of providing the holistic delivery of key functions and developmental opportunities that support students in their journey towards rewarding lives and careers.
Terri holds her bachelor’s degree in finance from Lehigh University and her master’s and CT State License as LMFT in therapy. She is certified from the Teachers College, Columbia University in nutritional counseling, in Jungian psychology from the Ireland Jung Center, in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction from Yale, and in Mindfulness Counseling from Copper Beech Institute. Prior to joining Quinnipiac University, Terri worked as a financial analyst in Budapest for General Electric and as a project manager of strategic planning at Meridian Bancorp.
Adam Nemeroff oversees the Office of Learning Design and Technology at Quinnipiac University, leading a dedicated team of learning designers, technologists and media producers. With over a decade of experience in higher education learning technology, learning design, online learning, and faculty development, Adam has held significant roles at both Dartmouth College and the University of Connecticut. Adding to his diverse professional background, Adam also has hands-on experience teaching courses online. He earned his MA in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Connecticut and holds a BA in History and a BS in Secondary History and Social Studies Education. Committed to promoting accessible and inclusive education, Adam is deeply interested in understanding how AI and emerging technologies can reshape and enhance learning experiences for future-ready college students.
Alison Witherspoon serves as Director of Lifelong Learning, providing leadership and direction to advance Quinnipiac’s efforts to develop and deliver flexible and effective learning solutions to a wide range of non-traditional learners through programs focused on executive education, professional workforce development, industry certifications and pre-college youth experiences. Alison has served as a higher education leader for the past 20 years, including experience in strategic program planning, online learning, institutional research, accreditation and academic policy development. She has a track record of partnering with faculty and administration to advance enrollment and other growth initiatives. Alison’s research centers on learning, innovation, leadership and team processes. Alison holds a EdD in Leadership and Innovation from Arizona State University, a Master’s in Public Service Management from DePaul University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Southern Illinois University.
Annalisa Zinn has served as the Vice President for academic innovation and effectiveness since July 2015. In this role, she provides leadership to academic and strategic planning initiatives as well as guidance on academic policy matters. Over the course of her 10+ years in the Office of the Provost, she has overseen many of the divisions of academic affairs. Zinn also serves as the accreditation liaison officer with the New England Commission of Higher Education and the Connecticut Office of Higher Education.
Zinn earned a PhD in political science and a bachelor’s degree in ethics, politics and economics from Yale University. She also earned an MBA from Quinnipiac. Her areas of teaching and scholarship include international human rights, ethics of war and peace, public policy and international relations.